Review Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey / Fifty Shades Darker / Fifty Shades Freed) by E L James

Now available as a three-volume paperback boxed set, E L James’s New York Times #1 bestselling trilogy has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as being “in a class by itself.” Beginning with the GoodReads Choice Award Romance Finalist Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Trilogy will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

This boxed set includes the following novels:

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.  The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.

FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.

FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.


Top customer reviews

I know this series get a lot of grief but if you can look past some of the cliche writing and passe clothing etc, I loved the story of how these two navigate to have a healthy relationship. Yes, some of the things Christian does are a bit outrageous, but it’s a book, were supposed to give the author some leniency. Fifty Shades Darker is my favorite of the three because I feel this book is where they do the most maturing. Fifty Shades Freed just felt like it was written knowing it was going to become a movie with the kidnapping. With all that, I have still read these books several times.
E. Mathews

Yes, I knew the reviews for this would be all over the map, and they are. And I certainly understand why. Where to start…

Like many others, the writing STYLE made me snort and roll my eyes (but I didn’t get spanked for it!). The narrator, Ana, sounds rather teeny bopperish a lot of the time but let’s remember, she is about 21 or 22…I was an idiot then, too. But come on, how many times do we have to read about his copper hair and her “inner goddess” and his grey eyes and his smirk, and all that. REPETITIVE. It drove me nuts.

Also, virgins DO NOT orgasm that fast (no matter how turned on), let alone experienced women! She has also never even had a relationship but gives marvelous oral sex? Um, no. Then again I guess any oral is good oral, to a man. And this was fantasy so we have to give the author a pass there.

Now, the on-paper portrait painted of Christian is VERY well done. I ended up picturing the fella who will be in the movie a lot, but no matter: Christian was VERY sexy in every way and the author managed to get that across. I am just going to blunt: If you are a straight female, the book is arousing, flat out and straight up. So if you were after some erotica (I wasn’t, but I was curious what the fuss was about), you’ve got it here.

We all wish a man had to have us, right here, right now, and that just biting our lip made him insane with lust. That’s what happens here in this book. And the female character, while attractive, is not supposed to be a total, traditional hottie. Come on, it’s fun stuff to read and I was very jealous…of a fictional character!!! So the author was effective on that note.

The S&M? Eh, I could take it or leave it but it did end the relationship (which we KNEW was going to end. I mean, were they going to run off into the sunny fields and get married and have kids? No. That was not going to happen. (Side note: By book 3, it DID happen! LOL).

In that respect, this reminded me VERY much of the movie 9 1/2 Weeks. See it and you will understand. That movie – spectacular beyond words – does not have bondage except for two blindfolding incidents but comparisons will surely be drawn. In both, the main man is rich and holds most of the cards, and we have a sad ending where the woman walks away…finally doing something on HER terms.

The underwear business (you will have to read it) reminds me of a scene from the movie “Sliver” where Sharon Stone – what a shock – ups the ante of a “poker” game in a restaurant by taking her underwear off right at the table and handing it to William Baldwin, who keeps it in his pocket until they are in the elevator getting hot and heavy back at the apartment building. He tries to give it back but Stone says “keep it, I’m pretty warm down there!” Ha! But I digress. Okay, I probably just sent 10,000 men off to rent Sliver; lol.

It’s cheesy, yes (this book). Yup, it’s appealing to middle aged woman married a long time(I am 43). But it’s definitely hot and exciting, I cannot deny it. It’s chick stuff and the opening of the movie is going to be one of the biggest in history.

You want literature? Go read Bronte. You want some hot reading? Read this.

I recommend for Adults and mature audiences only. It’s very intriguing and somehow makes you want to read more to find out how it ends.


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